Austin College’s annual Dr. Kenneth Street Law Symposium is set for Feb. 21, beginning at 11 a.m. on campus. The overall theme for the 2014 event is "Law, Public Policy, and Legal Ethics: The Lawyer as Counsel, Advocate, and Statesman."

Austin College’s annual Dr. Kenneth Street Law Symposium is set for Feb. 21, beginning at 11 a.m. on campus. The overall theme for the 2014 event is "Law, Public Policy, and Legal Ethics: The Lawyer as Counsel, Advocate, and Statesman."


The event is open to attorneys, students interested in careers in law, and interested members of the public. Approval of continuing legal education hours is pending. Registration costs for the general public is $20 per person. Members of the Grayson County Bar Association and the Paul Brown Inn of Court pay only $15 due to event sponsorship. All other attorneys pay $50 for the event, which includes a luncheon and keynote address.


All panel sessions are held in Hoxie Thompson Auditorium of Sherman Hall, with the luncheon in Mabee Hall of Wright Campus Center.


The event gets underway at 11 a.m. in Sherman Hall with a welcome following participant check-in.


The first pane, "Energy Policy and Environmental Law" will begin at 11 a.m. and continue to 12:20 p.m. with Joe Sanders moderating. The panelist for that discussion will include Keith Hopson and Jim Webb, both AC alumni.


The luncheon will start at 12:30 and continue until 2 p.m. and will feature speaker Harriet Miers. Miers joined the Dallas firm of Locke Purnell Boren Laney & Neely in 1972 and advanced at the firm through various mergers until she left her position as co-managing partner at Locke Liddell & Sapp in 2001 to serve in President George W. Bush’s administration. She spent two years as assistant to the president and staff secretary, two years as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, and two years as counsel to the president, serving as the top lawyer to the president, for which she received the Department of Justice Edmund J. Randolph Award and CIA Agency Seal Medal. In 2007, she returned to Locke Lord as partner.


Long committed to public service, Miers has been an elected official, served as an appointed official at the state and national levels and in many professional and community volunteer positions. In 1985, she was selected as the first woman to become president of the Dallas Bar Association and in 1992 was elected as the first woman president of the State Bar of Texas. From 1995 until 2000, Miers also served as chair of the Texas Lottery Commission. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her professional and community work, including the Dallas Legends of Service Award in 2013.


Before the group returns to afternoon panel discussions, junior Nico Arias, president of the Austin College Pre-Law Society, will recognize the service of select Alumni "L" Law Association members.


The second panel of the day "Immigration, Human Rights, and Legal Rights" will start at 2:15 and continue until 3:25 p.m. It will be moderated by Rosemary Vega and will include panelists Geoff Hoffman and William K. Zimmer.


The third panel of the day will "Health Care Policy, the Affordable Care Act, and the American Federal System" and it will start at 3:30 p.m. and go to 4:40 p.m, and will be moderated by James Carroll. Panelists will include David Hilgers and J. James Rohack.


The last panel of the day will be "Same-Sex Marriage, Constitutional Rights, and Human Freedom," and it will start at 4:45 p.m. and continue until 5:55 p.m. It will be moderated by Richard Peeples and panelists will include Lynne H. Rambo and a second panelist who has yet to be named.


The closing reception will start at 6 and last until 7:15 p.m. in the College’s Margaret Binkley Collins and William W. Collins, Jr., Alumni Center.


Event sponsors include Austin College Pre-Law Society, Austin College Student Assembly, Austin College Alumni "L" Law Association, Grayson County Bar Association; Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, and the Paul Brown American Inn of Court.


The annual symposium honors Austin College Professor Emeritus Kenneth W. Street. A professor of political science at Austin College from 1959 to 1997, Street held the John D. Moseley Chair of Government and Public Policy and founded and directed the Social Science Laboratory, which allowed students to experience field research, observe political and social behavior, and test hypotheses about needs in the community. He also served many years as the advisor for students considering careers in law and launched many professionals in the field.